Records: Mission man raped Guatemalan migrant after claiming her husband didn’t pay ransom

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Police charged Gerardo Davila Alaniz, 44, of Mission with sexual assault, a second-degree felony. (Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office / MGN)

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect accurate information regarding the case. 

UPDATE: Gerardo Davila Alaniz was found not guilty of aggravated sexual assault and smuggling of persons; the charges were dismissed Feb. 16, 2017, according to records.

Alaniz was found guilty of aggravated kidnapping and convicted to five years in state jail Feb. 16, 2017, according to records. 

Alaniz remains in custody and couldn’t be reached for comment. 

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Investigators have charged a 44-year-old Mission man with sexually assaulting a Guatemalan migrant after claiming her husband didn’t send enough ransom money.

Police charged Gerardo Davila Alaniz, 44, of Mission with sexual assault, a second-degree felony, according to Mission Municipal Court records.

Alaniz and several other men already face federal charges related to the smuggling case.

The Guatemalan woman — CBS 4 News doesn’t identify victims of sexual assault by name — told investigators that smugglers held her for ransom at La Posada Inn, 620 W. Expressway 83 in McAllen.

After she illegally crossed the border, smugglers contacted the Guatemalan woman’s family, according to federal court records. Her husband had already sent smugglers $1,500, but they wanted more money.

Unless family members in Massachusetts paid a ransom, the smugglers threatened to rape and kill the Guatemalan woman.

At 3 a.m. on Sept. 21, a man entered the hotel room, according to statements the woman provided to police and Homeland Security Investigations, a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The man told the Guatemalan woman her husband hadn’t paid, and he was going to “stay with her,” according to court records. After showering, the man held the Guatemalan woman down and raped her.

“The victim stated that he laid down there next to her then got up and took a shower,” according to court records. “And before leaving told her not to worry that her husband just needs to send more money.”

Neither federal nor state court records list an attorney for Alaniz, who remained at the Hidalgo County jail on Tuesday.

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